Span of Control: What Leadership Should Know

March 20, 2018

 

 

In the workforce today; many operations seem to have evolved in ways that are not good for the business or the staff.  Twenty years ago there were companies that were known for their loyalty to employees and employees were loyal in return.  Now this is not so much the case where either party is loyal or devoted to the other.  Span of control is a key component that could turn today’s disloyal operations, management and employees around. 

Span of control is the number of people that a manager supervises.  In an article titled “Span of Control- 5 Things Every Leader Should Know”, describes key points that could and should turn any operation towards the right direction.  The five things that every leader should know are:

 

Context

Every leader has different styles of leadership and needs. Every leader also has various numbers of those that directly report to them whether that number is 5-25, the number is not important.  What is important is making sure the proper message spans across to all in terms of capabilities, interests and passions of the company. 

 

Understanding

Not focusing on the team acquired but focusing on the team that is needed. Know what and who it is you’re looking for. Is what you’re looking for a thinker, doer, genius, mentor or teacher? One should never settle for less in terms of team building.

 

The Missing Link

One commonly missed aspect in team dynamics is leadership the misunderstanding of how important development and learning really is.  With both learning and development the greatest height comes from both the leadership and the team collaborating together.  Find a team of people that will challenge, stretch and develop you.  Leaders that do not professionally develop themselves will be replaced by those that do. 

 

Time Is Your Most Valuable Commodity

Time is the only variable that we all have in common; it’s how we choose to use it that differentiates us apart from one another.  We should be encouraged to work really hard at working intelligently.

 

Trust Is Your Most Valuable Asset

Any leadership team that is built on anything besides trust is destined to fail.  “Leaders not accountable to their people will eventually be held accountable by their people”. One of the most important factors of a leader is to create an environment where trust and loyalty is the rule and not the exception. 

 

I have experienced working for a company where leadership has become disillusioned with the platform.  There is no platform without the people in return  which leaves nothing to be lead.  It is time for leadership to no longer worry about the number of those they lead but focus on leading with trust, loyalty and purpose.  Employee moral will turn around in any company whose leadership adopts the above five things. 

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